At the Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, Friday, over DAZN Matchroom Boxing – Eddie Hearn presented WBO Super World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe “Superb” Saunders defended his title for the seventh time defeating former interim WBA Middleweight champion Martin Murray over 12 lopsided rounds.
In the Main Event WBO SM Champ southpaw Billy Joe “Superb” Saunders, 30-0 (14), #167 ¼, of Hatfield, London, UK, defeated WBO No. 12 ranked Martin Murray, 39-6-1 (17), #167 ¼, of St. Helens, Merseyside, UK, over 12 rounds.
In the first three rounds it was all Saunders while Murray hardly landed much of anything. In the fourth a combination by Saunders hurt Murray who while falling forward Saunders had him behind the head pulling him to the canvas.
In the fifth round Murray looked shot as Saunders had his way. By the end of the eighth round Murray’s corner should stop it and he should retire from boxing. Referee Phil Edwards allows Murray to continually hold. In the ninth round Saunders only goes to head instead of the body allowing Murray to tie him up. In the twelfth and final round Saunders showing his 12 months off not able to finish off Murray who was there for the taking for several rounds won every round but not a good performance over all against the No. 12 contender.
Scores were 120-109 twice and 118-110 with this writer 120-108.
WBA No. 7 ranked Lightweight James “The Assassin” Tenneyson, 28-3 (24), #134 ¾, of Belfast, No. Ireland, UK, stopped Josh O’Reilly, 16-1 (6), #133 ¼, of Hamilton, Ontario, CAN, at 2:14 of the first scoring 2 knockdowns in a scheduled 10 rounds.
In the first round it was all Tenneyson rocking O’Reilly with every punch before dropping him twice before referee Marcus McDonald waved it off.
In the best fight of the night Bantamweight Shannon “The Baby Face Assassin” Courtenay, #117 ¾, 6-1 (2), of Watford, UK, stopped Dorota Norek, 6-2 (1), 115 ¾, of Pozan, POL, at 1:35 of the seventh in a good scrap scheduled for 8 rounds.
In the first round Norek stormed out having Courtenay against the ropes who countered well to the body of Norek. In the second round Courtenay went to the head and body stopping Norek for the most part. In the third through the fifth when Courtenay caught up to Norek she was beat to the punch.
In the last minute of the seventh round Courenany finally caught Norek with a right to the chin driving her into the ropes. Norek beat the count but walked to her corner forcing referee Williams to stop the bout. This writer had even after 6 rounds.
Featherweight Donte “The Problem” Dixon, 5-0 (3), #127 ¼, of Sheffield, UK, defeated Angelo “The Italian Stallion” Dragone, 5-2 (0), #127 ¾, of Carmarthen, Wales, UK, over 6 rounds.
In the first three rounds Dixon outworked Dragone who held his own in the third. The rest of the day it was the faster Dixon almost stopping Dragone in the final minute of the fight.
In a complete mismatch Light Heavyweight southpaw Lerrone “Sniper the Boss” Richards, 14-0 (3), #172, of New Malden, London, UK, defeated Timo “Stadin Malli” Laine, 28-15 (12), #171 ½, of Helsinki, Finland, over 8 lopsided rounds.
Bob Williams referee scored it 80-72 and could have been 80-64.
From the opening bell light hitting Richards used the defenseless Laine for a heavy bag. The referee Bob Williams and corner of Laine should have stopped the slaughter by the fourth round.